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Replaced Factory Rotors and Pads with EBCs

So as its already common knowledge the stock brakes on the 3rd gen suck, i got the pulsing brakes right on schedule between 30 to 40k miles. I decided to finally replace them with a set of aftermarket EBCs last Nov. The front is the ultramax slotted rotors with redstuff pads, P/N S4KF1663 , and rear I just threw in red pads, P/N DP32171C. If you researched earlier brake threads there was some issues with suppliers sending the wrong rear redstuff pads and that they were not available, well I can now safely say that DP32171C are in production and does fit 2014-2015 3rd gen 6s, but I can't guarantee they will work with the updated 2016+ model with the electronic E brake.

As far as braking performance goes these are great, no squealing, plenty of stopping power, my limiting factor of stopping distance is the crappy OEM tires I still have(will replace very soon). The only downside these have is when they are cold they don't stop as well, they need heat to work their best.

Also as a word of caution, I ran into an issue with air getting stuck inside the dust boost when I was reseting the front brake pistons, so they were sticking out. Not knowing how to fix it I just tried to finesse the pad into place to not pinch to boot. Then I found this youtube video:
Well I took the pads out to check and ended up pinching and tearing one of the boots, and wished I found that video earlier. Anyways I was able to find a caliper rebuild kit (Centric P/N 143.45028)and just replace the boot without needing to replace the whole caliper for a silly mistake. So learn from my mistake, don't do it again like me.
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... I can now safely say that DP32171C are in production and does fit 2014-2015 3rd gen 6s, but I can't guarantee they will work with the updated 2016+ model with the electronic E brake.

You got me excited until you mentioned the E brakes...
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You got me excited until you mentioned the E brakes...
parts sites are quoting DP32287C for 2016+ models, but the official EBC catalog does not reflect that yet.
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So as its already common knowledge the stock brakes on the 3rd gen suck, i got the pulsing brakes right on schedule between 30 to 40k miles. I decided to finally replace them with a set of aftermarket EBCs last Nov. The front is the ultramax slotted rotors with redstuff pads, P/N S4KF1663 , and rear I just threw in red pads, P/N DP32171C. If you researched earlier brake threads there was some issues with suppliers sending the wrong rear redstuff pads and that they were not available, well I can now safely say that DP32171C are in production and does fit 2014-2015 3rd gen 6s, but I can't guarantee they will work with the updated 2016+ model with the electronic E brake.

As far as braking performance goes these are great, no squealing, plenty of stopping power, my limiting factor of stopping distance is the crappy OEM tires I still have(will replace very soon). The only downside these have is when they are cold they don't stop as well, they need heat to work their best.

Also as a word of caution, I ran into an issue with air getting stuck inside the dust boost when I was reseting the front brake pistons, so they were sticking out. Not knowing how to fix it I just tried to finesse the pad into place to not pinch to boot. Then I found this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezYhKfiTcBw Well I took the pads out to check and ended up pinching and tearing one of the boots, and wished I found that video earlier. Anyways I was able to find a caliper rebuild kit (Centric P/N 143.45028)and just replace the boot without needing to replace the whole caliper for a silly mistake. So learn from my mistake, don't do it again like me.

Unfortunately, I did the EXACT same thing with the dust boot and tore both my fronts thinking I set them back properly. Living in the NE I knew it would be a bad idea to not replace these.

So yup, I bought two seal replacement kits and rebuilt the two front calipers. Not a fun experience to be honest, but it was interesting to learn how to do that. Also just like you, I saw this video right after I tore the seals.

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